Alternative teraphy use by people with Parkinson's

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Source: The Vermont Parkinsonian May 2001
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Forty percent of patients with Parkinson's disease use at least one form of alternative medicine, and more than half do so without consulting or informing their physician, according to this report.

Two hundred and one patients with Parkinson's disease were interviewed by structured questionnaire about their use of alternative medical therapies, specifically for their disease and instituted after their diagnosis. While alternative therapy use was found among all demographic sectors, the highest rate of use was correlated with younger age and higher levels of education. More highly educated married patients were twice as likeiy to use at least one form of alternative therapy as less educated single patients. The most common therapies used were vitamins, herbs, massage and acupuncture. Among vitamins, vitamin E was the most commonly used. Fifty-eight percent of patients had not consulted their physicians before treatment. The most common source of information on alternative therapies included friends, relatives and advertisements, with the Internet providing the primary source for only 3% of patients.

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